Gunnison Beach

Gunnison Beach(Sandy Hook)

Gunnison Beach

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LexGSR197 条分享
Updates from two recent visits
I've reviewed Gunnison before, but I was able to get there twice recently, so I will not repeat what everyone says and instead off some brief updates:

It's a nude beach.
The crowd is very chill - all shapes, sizes, colors. The second of my more recent visits, the whole vibe was excellent. Clearly a lot of regulars and/or regular naturists. Friendly and noncreepy. Really, this is the naturist experience you want. The crowd definitely tilted older, with average age probably 50+, but that suits me.
The water was wonderful. If you've never skinny dipped in the ocean, you MUST try it. The water was calm and a good temperature. I spent most of one visit taking a "walk" in the water instead of on the beach.
It was after Labor Day, so it was free!

First visit - VERY windy. check the weather before going. If winds >10 kt, make sure you have one of those wind barriers.
Second visit - biting flies. They seem to have been more drawn to me for some reason... perhaps that I like to sit by the waterline. I got dozens of bites. I had to spend my time in the water (see above) as the organic repellant I had was strikingly ineffective. I saw a couple people with mosquito nets, so I know I was not alone.

Putting your clothes on at the end of the day. That's always a con!
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马萨诸塞Georgetown278 条分享
Another Nice Day
Made what is becoming an annual trip to Gunnison during the week following the Fourth of July. Wonderful day. A few points. The only reason I can see to go there is for the clothing optional. There are plenty of regular beaches elsewhere that are nicer and easier to get to. Other reviews summarize the negatives of Gunnison, the long drive, long walk to the beach and now the clothing optional part is only half the size.

Still, you can safely take off all your clothes and frolic on the beach and in the water. A few tips. Drop off your gear and people near the bathrooms and just have one person find parking and take the walk back. Bring your own food, drinks and sunscreen. There are food trucks usually but if they aren't there you will go hungry unless you plan ahead.

Sunscreen is very important. Skin which is not usually exposed burns quickly, as my bosom can attest so take no chances.

I see people commenting on rangers checking for alcohol, even looking in coolers. I saw none of this but who knows. We were there during the week, weekends may be different.

This year as last I went with my college roommate who lives in New Jersey and her husband. Also we brought his brother and her sister and her husband and one of his male friends. Anyway we set up two blankets, one centered around my roommate and me and the other around my old roommate's sister. That worked out well, the females being a little less on direct display. I really enjoyed the experience every time I've been (five times). The feel of the sun and the wind and the water on my body is a real trip. We may make this an annual thing though New Jersey is a long drive from where I live.
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宾夕法尼亚Bushkill3 条分享
First time going to a nude beach and ...
My husband and I had wanted to try a nude beach for awhile and discovering one so close to home like Gunnison seemed ideal.

We planned this particular beach vacation as a belated 30th wedding anniversary celebration. The Husband was more excited than expected to visit our first nude beach. After reading reviews, we decided to visit anyway.

Firstly, yes, it IS a bit of a long walk, but if you plan on loading yourself down with a lot of stuff, it'll seem longer. The key is to pack lightly and not bring a lot of heavy stuff to carry then the walk isn't so bad unless it is a busy holiday weekend.

Secondly, they DID make the "walkway" longer and it IS a help but it is narrow so you may have to walk single file on either side of it so as to not stomp through the sand.

Thirdly, I only saw one of the Rangers and a vehicle patrolling. We saw more of the lifeguards than of the rangers.

Fourth, the beach was really very clean for the most part but there were a few spots were people did not take their garbage with them and it made for a bit of a mess on a windy day.

Now, as for the nudity ...

At no time did we see any lewd behavior nor anything risque. The beach was surreal and by this I mean you saw a lot of different people from all walks of life, of all ages, and of all races just being nude. But the best part about this whole experience is that everyone was relaxed and very laidback. It was a peaceful experience. No one was super-model-esque because clearly if they WERE, why not go to a PRIVATE beach? But the people who WERE there were singles, couples and even a few families. Everyone was so cool. There was no pretentiousness and everyone accepted everyone as they were. Of course everyone were curious and you may get the occasional glance or stare, but the beach goers were respectful, no one bothered you except to say the occasional 'hello' or nod as you passed by. Some made small talk by asking where you were from and 'how do you like it?' or to answer a question about the area. We met some really nice people.

For a first time experience, it was more than I could have hoped for. We enjoyed ourselves being on the beach and swimming in the buff. I don't think we could go back to a beach and wear a swimsuit ever again. We'll definitely go back again and are already planning visiting again next summer. The Husband wants to make this an annual thing and I heartily agree!
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John G
新罕布什尔州86 条分享
A beach with a view (I meant the skyline!)
My wife and I were ending our week in New Jersey and decided to take a ride to Sandy Hook. The beach was vey crowded the day we were there (not much room between us other beach goers). Not sure if that was the normal crowd, or a result of a long holiday weekend. The parking lot was very far from the beach and then there is a long walk form the facilities to the actually beach. If you are looking for a quiet nude beach experience this is not the spot. Lots of loud music, people constantly walking back and forth to the water with close proximity to you.

BTW - parking was $20 for the day. They should have a lot much closer to the beach.

On a good note - you can see the NYC skyline on a clear day.
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Decent nude beach but could be better
We visited Gunniston Beach for the first time on July 4, 2021. My wife and I have visited nude beaches in Florida, Greece and Saint Martin. We made the trip to Gunniston from Virginia specifically for the nude beach.
I appreciated reading all of the previous reviews - especially those about the distance to/from the parking lot to the beach and people playing loud music on the beach.

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The beach is much smaller (width) than what I would have expected creating a much denser population. Loud music playing and smoking were issues.

The drive from park admission to the beach is a long way.
The ratio of men to women was 10:1; White-to-black/brown was 35% / 65%.

$20 entrance fee was steep but allows for in/out of the park all day.

To mitigate the distance from the parking lot, we left one person on the road outside of the Men's Restroom with all of the heavy items - this cut the distance/hardship to the lot in half.

We brought our own food, beverage and plenty of sunscreen.

Park Rangers patrol (on foot and truck) looking for alcohol. If you are discreet and bring a small quantity, you should be OK. We poured our beverages in to metal Yeti containers. We saw a bust where the Rangers confiscated two 1.75L bottles of hard alcohol. Don't be flashy or too loud - don't attract attention.

The blue mesh walkway does help getting to the beach but, it ends at the far North end of the beach - you still need to trek through the sand to get to the middle of the beach.

It was nice having a volleyball court.

Along the surfline on a clear day, you can see the Brooklyn skyline.

Overall, a 3 out of 5 for the reasons above.
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Jessica O
马萨诸塞波士顿431 条分享
June Nudes at Gateway National Recreation Area - Sandy Hook
While staying in Red Bank during a hot and humid spell in early June, my husband and I spent two days at Gunnison Beach. The air was ten degrees cooler there, with a steady breeze. The beach was remarkably uncrowded – perhaps only 200-300 people each day.

We walked between the parking lot and the beach wearing only our c-string swimsuits. As soon as we reached the sign for the clothing optional section, the swimsuits came off. I perked up, as my husband's masculinity became fully evident. The stiff breeze surely enhanced the effect.

We might have been the only people under thirty-five years old, and there were more men than women. Two lifeguards were on duty, and park rangers walked up and down the beach once each day. The clothing optional beach front is not wide, as it is bounded at both ends by long stretches of beach cordoned off for protected species of shore birds. It was necessary to bring sufficient food and water, as the food trucks in the pavilion were not in operation.

Some people set up windscreens on the far ends of the beach, blocking visibility from all directions. I imagined what activity might have taken place out of sight. Unfortunately, we didn’t have a windscreen of our own.

When leaving the beach on the second day, there were only three people in the pavilion area, so we rinsed off nude under the outdoor showers. For a lark, we took pictures of each other standing nude near the sign that reads CLOTHING OPTIONAL ONLY IN DESIGNATED AREA ON THE BEACH. One of the people nearby, an older gentleman in a thong swimsuit, graciously offered to take a picture of us with our bodies glistening and smiles beaming together by the sign.

For the walk back to the car, my husband put his swimsuit on – it was a tight fit – but I didn’t bother. Being nude – or topless, as I was all the other times when going between the car and the designated nude beach – would not usually be advisable, but conditions were conducive to pushing the limits. My husband expressed his deep appreciation for my uninhibited nonchalance after we got back to the car.
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LexGSR197 条分享
Worth the detour on a long drive
2021年5月 • 独自旅游
I am a big fan of nude beaches - the feeling of freedom is indescribable. I especially like seeing the expression of childlike joy in others there: I know the feeling is shared. Most experienced folks will tell you that the worst part of going to a nude beach is having to put your clothes on at the end of the day.

Gunnison is quite nice. On my recent visit (not my first) there was a good mix of people, with lots of shapes, sizes, ages, skin tones, etc. As others have pointed out, there are older men wandering solo: they seem harmless but a little creepy.

It was pre-season (before Memorial Day), so park entrance was free, but there were no lifeguards and the snack bar was not open. The latter is by the parking, which everyone notes is a long walk from the waterline. Travel light... But pack your own lunch!

On the whole, a wonderful experience. Not the best nude beach I've been to... But I've never been to one that was less than 'good' - the experience is just too excellent for it ever to be bad!
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Meandering Naturists
宾夕法尼亚费城97 条分享
Amazing there's a nude beach in NJ, but not an amazing nude beach
To be fair, I have a pretty high bar for nude beaches, including those in France, Spain, Croatia, and Greece. Gunnison is nothing like any of those.

That said, I'm not a huge fan of New Jersey beaches in general. They're typically crowded and noisy, with people blaring radios and making SO much noise. In that regard, Gunnison fits right in! And since it's the only viable clothing-optional beach in the region, it draws an incredibly eclectic crowd. People watching is really a thing there.

When our kids were young, we were in search of a place like the family-oriented nude beaches we had experienced in France. We've seen very few children at Gunnison, and I don't think we would have felt comfortable bringing our own. Just a little too edgy.

All that said, there's enough space to find your own plot of sand, and again, I'm simply grateful that the beach exists at all. Rare, but amazing, is the day when you get a clear view of the Manhattan skyline. Worth the trek, just for that.
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My first trip back to Gunnison since 2008, in 2020! It was wonderful!
Loved it! What a Liberating experience! Used to visit in my 20s, kept my bathing suit on. Was a bit shy. Last time was 2008. Wanted to come back to strip for the full experience. Now, 2020, 3 times in 2 weeks. Once you go you are hooked.
The walk is not hard. Pace yourself and carry light. I had water, sunglasses, a towel and myself. The experience is best if you go alone. All naked strangers. Nice way to make friends. All are there for the same reason.
Arrived at 3, breezy chill in the air, I could not wait to get naked! I set up in the center area. I stripped off my shorts and tank top and was suddenly overcome with such an incredible relaxed feeling. Almost indescribable. The tension of the day melted away. The ocean breeze felt amazing on my naked body.
I sat in my chair soaking up the experience. All equal here. A few gawkers kept walking back and forth past me. Harmless I hope but a bit creepy. As the sun set, you can see the New York Skyline lights. Most people left as the sun set, I stayed. As darkness came, I ran to the ocean and jumped in! Wow! Skinny dipping in the cool ocean water at night is a wonderful feeling. Erotic and definitely freeing. People say they come here to enjoy being naked in public but deep down, we all have those thoughts. My entire body felt the rush, I slept soundly that night, naked of course.
With that said, I highly recommend a trip to Gunnison Beach. Once you start, you will be back again. I hope this unique paradise stays just as it is.

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Nude Lease On Life
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It may be the only choice left in the northeast, but it's still pretty good!
2020年9月 • 夫妻情侣
Gunnison beach is quite the character! Historically boasted as the "largest clothing optional beach on the east coast of the United States," it is located within the Sandy Hook area of New Jersey. In 2020, new signs were installed limiting the official clothing optional area to a much smaller region than what has typically been enjoyed, though many seem to ignore the signs and take their beach walks far beyond these limits. This seems to work in most cases, as the nearest beaches (also within Gateway National Park at Sandy Hook) are quite a distance away. Despite all of the above, the beach is INCREDIBLY wide (not sure if that's the right word?) from a shore-to-dune perspective. While from "left to right" we may be more limited in nude use, the depth of the beach is astounding. Given this fact, the walk from the parking lot area is also arduously long (and in-season they put down mats to make the walk much more enjoyable), but the overall clothing optional area enables beachgoers to setup further back from the water if all of the "good spots" are already taken.

While parking is ample (daily rates in-season are $15 per vehicle as of writing this, rumor has it they will be increasing to $20 in 2021), on beautiful summer days traffic will back up significantly and it may be difficult to get a good spot on the beach, let alone have a convenient place to park. While the beach is open year round, most amenities are seasonal and include the mats mentioned above, restrooms, showers, and food trucks (although they are all adjacent to the parking area and still a pretty far walk from the beach itself). It is worth noting that the parking fee does not apply in the off-season, or if you arrive very early or very late in the day. In pre-COVID times, dumpsters were available within the parking lot area, but no trash bins were available otherwise -- please carry out anything you bring in. The beach is patrolled regularly by park rangers on a year-round basis, and has lifeguards stationed until 5pm during the summer season.

Speaking of 5pm... it seems Gunnison has gotten a bad reputation for what goes on after 5pm. While Rangers will still occasionally patrol, the beach is known to get a little bit rowdier after hours. Despite having a wonderful view of parts of the New York City skyline, Brooklyn, and the Verrazano-Narrows bridge, and being relatively close (as the crow flies) to these densely populated areas, the beach is still very remote and at least a few miles away from any regularly travelled roadways that aren't part of the national park area. As of 2019, alcohol is prohibited (rangers have been known to actually check your coolers) and they no longer allow tents or windscreens to be positioned in a fashion that completely obstructs the view of what is going on within your camp. This is not to detract from the beauty (and the fact that it's pretty much the only option in the northeast...) that Gunnison can provide during a typical summer weekend where it draws thousands of visitors, but a fair warning that you may not want to visit at odd hours, during questionable weather, or stay too late into the evening if you aren't interested in potentially seeing some borderline questionable behavior. To this end, while online communities of Gunnison regulars do exist, we personally believe the beach could benefit greatly from an ambassador program like what they have at Haulover and Blind Creek in Florida. While we wanted to provide a fair warning in this regard, please don't let this review alone prevent you from visiting the beach and trying it out for yourself!
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